The Games for Change (G4C) Student Challenge is a national game design program that invites students to create digital games about issues impacting their communities. The Challenge is run in cities across the United States, and includes professional development in game-based learning for 20+ teachers per city, in-school and after-school game making courses supported by curriculum partner Mouse, student game jams and workshops, mentorship by professional game designers and social issue themes with multimedia content provided by cause-based partners. Students are encouraged to submit their original games to a game design competition in Spring 2019 for the chance to win awesome prizes and national recognition. Prizes are awarded at culminating awards ceremonies and public exhibitions of student games at local cultural institutions in each city.
The goal of the Challenge program is to expose and excite students to work-related opportunities in STEM and game design, engage students and teachers in civic issues impacting their cities and communities, build capacity for teachers to use game-based learning tools and approaches and students to learn game design as a method for storytelling and 21st century skill development. The Challenge was piloted by G4C in NYC in 2015 in collaboration with the NYC Department of Education and a coalition of partners, and expanded in following years with programs run in Dallas, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Detroit, and Los Angeles. The 2018-2019 Student Challenge will run in NYC, Atlanta, Detroit, and Los Angeles.